General Strain Theory: Article Summary

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Article Zavala, E., & Spohn, R. E. (2013). The role of vicarious and anticipated strain on the overlap of violent perpetration and victimization: A test of general strain theory. American Journal of Criminal Justice : AJCJ, 38(1), 119-140. doi: Research purpose Zavala & Spohn (2013), delved into the relation between offending and victimization while also relying on the strain theory proposed by Agnew, and the framework enabled the researchers to understand how offending and victimization could be explained using the theory. A review of past literature suggested that there are various facets to the link between victim and offending. Study subjects In order to understand the overlap between offending…show more content…
The researchers found out that respondents who had high levels of vicarious strain were at a higher risk of being victims to violent crime. Additionally, anticipated strain was reported to be significantly associated with victimization and perpetration, while those who had previous reports of delinquency were more likely to suffer…show more content…
A., Fox, K. A., & Kercher, G. A. (2012). Gang membership and crime victimization among prison inmates. American Journal of Criminal Justice : AJCJ, 37(3), 321-337. doi: Research purpose The authors sought to understand the relationship between crime victimization, by interviewing both gang and non gang inmates in a Texas prison. In essence, the research undertaken was envisaged to contribute towards understanding victimization for inmates affiliated with gangs and non gang members. Additionally, the study highlighted on the characteristic that were common for gang members, by comparing those victimized and those who did not suffer victimization. Study subjects All the participants in the study were inmates, and they were divided between gang members and non gang members. However, victimization only related to the respondents behavior outside the prison system. Nonetheless, the participation of gang members was dependent on their understanding about the study and ranting of permission from ‘gang leaders’. Since the participants gave their consent to participate, those who belonged to organized gangs were studied separately.

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